Pembrokeshire is home to the only coastal national park in the UK, most of which includes the world-renowned, long-distance Pembrokeshire Coast Path. That’s 186 miles of some of the most spectacular scenery and coastline in the world! Opened in 1970, The Pembrokeshire Coast Path was Wales’s first National Trail.
Discover an invigorating mix of terrains with rugged cliffs, volcanic headlands, sheltered coves, hidden bays and over 50 beautiful Pembrokeshire beaches along this incredible journey - and lookout for a fantastic array of flowers and wildlife along the way.
How long does it take to walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path?
It takes on average between 10 to 15 days to complete the whole Pembrokeshire Coast Path on foot, with some impressive descents and ascents to get those legs working! The total rise of the whole path is around 35,000 feet, which is as high as Mount Everest!
You can of course walk short sections at a time and this handy mileage chart will help calculate which route you fancy taking.
There is also a coastal Pembrokeshire bus service that covers the whole path in case you don’t fancy walking the whole way! Pop on the Puffin Shuttle between Haverfordwest and St Davids, catch the Coastal Cruiser between Pembroke, Angle, Bosherston, Stackpole and Freshwater East, or ride the Strumble Shuttle between Fishguard and St Davids (including wonderful Whitesands beach). Hop on, sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery from the comfort of one of these handy rides.
Where does the Pembrokeshire Coast Path start and finish?
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs from St Dogmaels in North Pembrokeshire to Amroth in South Pembrokeshire, or vice versa depending on where you choose to begin. One of 16 National Trails across Wales and England, it is marked by posts featuring the acorn symbol to help you on your way.
Pembrokeshire Coast Path route
We've rounded up some handy Pembrokeshire Coast Path route information to help you on your way.
Amroth to Lydstep
Lydstep to St Govan’s
St Govan's to Angle
Angle to Pembroke
Pembroke to Milford Haven
Milford Haven to Dale
Dale to Martin's Haven
Martin's Haven to Nolton Haven
Nolton Haven to Caerfai
Caerfai to Whitesands
- Miles: 9 ½
- Must See: Caerfai Bay - St Non's Chapel - Ramsey Island views
Whitesands to Trefin
Trefin to Strumble
- Miles: 12 ½
- Must See: Abercastle - seals - Strumble Head lighthouse
Strumble to Pwllgwaelod
Pwllgwaelod to Newport
- Miles: 7
- Must See: Pen Y Fan views - Cwm yr Eglwys - Aberfforest beach
Newport to St Dogmaels
Pembrokeshire Coast Path highlights
We've highlighted our favourite parts of the coast path for you to enjoy during your holiday in West Wales.
Amroth to Lydstep
This pretty part of the coast path includes some of our favourite seaside towns and villages. Imagine colourful seafronts, bustling harbours, woodland walks and golden sands.
The half-mile stretch of beautiful sand lined with cafés, shops and pubs marks the start or end of the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Follow the path along the gorgeous shorelines of Amroth and Wiseman's Bridge, and fuel up at the Wiseman’s Bridge Inn, a favourite coastal pub with amazing views.
Making your way through the old railway tunnels from Wiseman’s bridge you’ll arrive in charming Saundersfoot village, where you’ll find a wealth of independent shops and places to eat, along with beautiful Saundersfoot beach and bustling harbour. Follow the path around the harbour onto pretty Glen beach and up the hill, and walk along the refreshing woodland section all the way to neighbouring seaside Tenby.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path conveniently takes you along some of iconic Tenby’s beautiful beaches, allowing you to take in the colourful seafront row of pastel houses, beautiful harbour, spectacular views of Caldey Island and St Catherine's Island with its Napoleonic Fortress sitting proudly atop. It even winds its way through this gorgeous medieval walled town through to Lydstep.
Milford Haven to St Martin’s Haven
Home to bustling Milford Marina packed full of trendy eateries and shops, Milford Haven is the largest estuary in Wales and is also one of the deepest natural harbours in the whole world. No wonder it impressed Lord Nelson so much! Enjoy a delicious meal with marina views at Martha's Vineyard.
From the marina, head through Hakin to Gelliswick Bay and along the coast path through to Sandy Haven, a pretty beach with a popular crabbing bridge. Be sure to check the tide times for Sandy Haven to avoid a long detour! Enjoy great views, stunning Lindsway beach and birdwatching at The Gann before heading onwards to Dale.
A haven for watersports enthusiasts due to its sheltered bay, Dale beach and its pretty little village has lots to offer. Grab a bite to eat at the nearby cafés and pubs: The Griffin Inn serves award-winning seafood dishes and offers al fresco dining with sea views of windsurfers and sailing boats.
Experience the magnificent view of Marloes Sands on this part of the coast path. This stretch has incredible coastal views, interesting cliff formations and was used as a filming location for the Hollywood blockbuster Snow White and the Huntsman. Enjoy views of Skomer Island from the most westerly point of the Marloes peninsula; see if you can spot seabirds and seals in this popular spot.
Whitesands to Trefin
There’s so much to discover on this part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The impressive Carn Llidi hill looms over beautiful Whitesands beach. A popular surfing spot with magnificent views of Ramsey Island, this long stretch of golden sand hugs the shore toward the rocky headland of St Davids Head.
Discover Abereiddy’s beautiful Blue Lagoon on this stretch of the coast path. The Blue Lagoon is a flooded slate quarry that gets its name from its beautiful blue colour due to the reflection of the slate. Enjoy watching the adventurous coasteerers having fun jumping from the cliffs into the lagoon, or divers descending into its hidden depths!
This little gem of a harbour is lined with fantastic red brick hoppers that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Slate, brick and granite were shipped from the harbour here, and crushed rock was stored in the looming brick hoppers before being loaded into ships ready to be exported. With fantastic local places to eat such as The Sloop and The Shed, along with its amazing art galleries, it’s easy to get lost here for a few hours, admiring Porthgain's Scheduled Ancient Monument on your coast path walk!
West Wales cottages
Please prepare well for your walk: take a guidebook or map, check the weather, wear suitable clothing, follow the signs, keep dogs under control, keep away from cliff edges and leave nothing but wonderful memories of your journey.
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